There are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. They are called homophones. In the written language, spelling a homophone correctly is important to convey the desired meaning. Take the sentence, “I see the mountains beyond the sea.” Mix the words see or sea up and the sentence has no meaning when reading it. In the spoken language, words take meaning through context rather than spelling.
Aliy Zirkle’s dog, Olivia has written a story using many homophones. Can you select the correct word to give the correct meaning to sentences in the story?
I finished to-two-too 1,000 miles races in 2013. I won-one the Yukon Quest with Allen Moore. I ran Iditarod too-to-two with Aliy Zirkle. They’re-their-there both disappointed Aliy didn’t win Iditarod. I can tell you many tales-tails of the trails. In bad whether-weather my knows-nose knows-nose where-ware-wear the trail is. When the wind blew-blue the snow over the trail and my musher couldn’t sea-see the markers, I found the trail by scent-cent-sent. Running through-threw the Farewell Burn, we often hear-here IAF planes-plains overhead in the bright blew-blue sky. At every checkpoint I get knew-new booties to ware-wear-where. Allen and Aliy put on a dry pair-pare-pair of socks to help keep their-there-they’re feet toasty warm. The finish line is in Nome. When we get they’re-their-there we get steak-stake and the mushers get a pair-pear-pare to snack on.